Updated 9:24 a.m. ET, 12/4/2013
Washington (CNN) – As President Obama and Democrats try to salvage the reputation of the Affordable Care Act, a national Republican group will hit 12 Democrats–all running in Senate elections next year–over changes to Medicare.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee will highlight Wednesday the candidates' support for the federal health care law, better known as Obamacare, and what Republicans call $717 billion in cuts to the popular entitlement program that guarantees health insurance to seniors.
Updated 11/20/2013 at 3:19pm ET
Washington (CNN) - In the eyes of White House officials, it's just one of the untold upsides of Obamacare: The Affordable Care Act is already saving Americans money - they just don't know it.
In a report released Wednesday by Jason Furman, the president's new Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the Obama administration claims health care spending grew at a pace of 1.3% per year between 2010 and 2013, the lowest rate on record since 1965.
(CNN) – Not wasting a minute, Democratic campaign groups in Congress are bringing Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan–which he's set to release Tuesday–into the line of fire, attempting to make it a wedge issue in the 2014 midterm elections.
But Republicans are hitting back, attacking Democrats for their lack of a balanced budget one day before Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray is expected to make public the Senate's budget plan.
New York (CNNMoney) – The White House often says President Obama has a plan for reforming entitlements, particularly Medicare.
However, the specifics of that proposal don't spring to mind as easily as the reforms being bandied about in Republican circles, such as providing seniors with vouchers to pay for premiums or raising the retirement age.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, is backing off his proposal to change Medicare for people who are now 57 and younger, after personally lobbying fellow Republicans to support that change.
Ryan, the Budget Committee Chairman and 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate, had urged his GOP colleagues to support the entitlement reform as part of next year's GOP budget. But many House Republicans resisted, worried that the plan would be politically perilous because it would break the party's pledge not to include Americans who are now older than 55.
Washington (CNN) – House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan could be on the verge of reigniting another political firestorm over Medicare.
As part of his budget plan for next year, Ryan is considering dramatic changes to the entitlement program including possibly changing the plan for people who are currently 57 and older, according to several House Republican sources. That would be a shift from a repeated GOP pledge to wall off people who are now 55 and older from any impact of new reforms.
Washington (CNNMoney) - As lawmakers head into talks to avoid the fiscal cliff, doctors are watching closely.
Thanks to bad timing, the Medicare fees that doctors are paid for treating seniors has gotten tangled up in the same high-stakes deal-making to avert the fiscal cliff - across the board tax hikes and spending cuts that kick in January.FULL STORY